Underwood underwhelms as usual on SNF


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

I fall for it and I call for it every year.

At the start of each new NFL season, I hold out hope that this will be the year when country singer Carrie Underwood shows just a little professionalism and class, and wears sheer nude pantyhose when performing the Sunday Night Football opening theme song.

I know what you’re thinking: “Silly girl, Robin.”  I know, I know.

No matter how bright and shiny her outfit, or lavish the set, ever since the 2013 SNF season when Carrie Underwouldn’t took the handoff from Faith Hill, she’s fumbled the ball, rushing for negative yardage on stage with those pasty-white “bear” legs of hers.  And every year, I call her on it.

Loser!

In this era when the NFL increasing is losing audience and rating shares among the coveted demographics (ages 18-49), it’s clear there’s a real disconnect with fans. And the numbers, as reported by the likes of Forbes.com, USA Today and NYPost.com, should be alarming to the NFL in general, and SNF in particular.

Around this time last year, Forbes.com contributor Brandon Katz, wrote:

“NBC’s Sunday Night Football was down yet again in viewership, drawing in 16.8 million and scoring a 6.19/19 rating in the advertiser friendly 18-49 demo. The numbers mark a season low for SNF, and the show’s 11.0 overnight rating is the lowest since 2007 (ouch).”

Why is the NFL seemingly becoming less popular each year? Can anyone say ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest (moron)?  How about the whole gangsta image many of its players and marketers want to emulate?  Could it be the fact that so many ex-players are dying in their 50s?

How about the incredible greed of the owners?  Want to go to a game with friends or family? You might have to take out a small loan, or (maybe even more expensive) sign up for DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket.

What does the NFL say is the reason viewers aren’t turning out in the numbers expected? It’s because fans increasingly are turning to digital streaming instead of watching on TV.  Oh, and in the case of last weekend’s opening of the 2017-18 NFL season, it was because of Hurricane Irma.  (That’s actually the case, as I lost power here and wasn’t able to tune in, which also explains why this post is being published now after the second SNF game.)

Not since actor Peter Finch (playing a news anchor in the 1976 Academy Award winning movie, Network) advised viewers of his station’s evening news program to stick their heads out of windows and yell: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore,” has there been such outrage over sports TV programming.

But, c’mon now … we all know the real reason why the NFL in general and SNF in particular are seeing their rating numbers plummet, don’t we?

Carrie Underwood, gallivanting across the stage and street venues in her signature bare legs,  greets Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in a scene from the Sunday Night Football opening theme show, which debuted on  Sept. 10, 2017.

Here’s the deal, SNF:  No one wants to see Carrie Underdressed prancing around with those unsightly bear legs like she’s all that (she ain’t) during your opening theme production.  If that’s all she’s got, I’d rather watch Bozo the Clown perform the theme song.

What’s with this relationship between SNF and Carrie Undercovered?  Can’t they cut her?  Is she really the best they can find?  She isn’t professional, and she has no class.  Well, maybe she’s paying them!

As I’ve written before, every other notable pop singer performing today on stages of all sizes and venues, wears sheer nude or suntan pantyhose for the occasion.  I’ve mentioned these ladies many times in the past here, and given you reasons why they could and should replace Carrie Underhanded.

This time (just to make sure I’m on point here) I launched on sites such as billboard.com, YouTube and thetoptens.com a search of today’s top female singers/performers, and they all listed the usual suspects, although each site and others like them had the same artists ranked in different orders.

And, yes, the artists are all the ones I’ve recommended here a million times.  This time, let’s consider just three performers the producers of SNF could sign as free agents. (They could tell Carrie Underachiever “We just want to go in a different direction.”)

Each of these ladies is known to the NFL now, as each has performed the Halftime Shows of the past few Super Bowls, making it all the more obvious a choice for the dopes producing the SNF theme.

Beyoncé

Beyonce’ performs the Halftime Show of the Super Bowl game on Feb. 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

A veteran singer, songwriter, dancer and actress, Beyoncé already has performed the Halftime Show in two Super Bowls (2013 and 2016), make her an excellent candidate to do the SNF  opening theme production.

This highly accomplished artist who rose to fame in the late 1990s is relevant and has an NFL kind of image.  She’s sold 100 million records as a solo artist, and has won 22 Grammy Awards, so there’s no question about her talent and showmanship.

She gets my vote anyway because she is highly professional in always wearing nude or suntan pantyhose, not only on stage, but also when appearing as a guest on TV shows, and often, when she’s just out and about.

Katy Perry

Singer Katy Perry performs the Halftime Show during the Super Bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

She made everyone hear her roar during a spectacular, and most-memorable 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, wearing a variety of elegant to cute costumes, complemented, of course, with nude or suntan pantyhose.

In fact, according to wikipedia.org, two days after the halftime show, Guinness World Records announced that Perry’s performance garnered 118.5 million viewers in the United States, and became the most watched and highest rated show in Super Bowl history. The viewership was higher than the game itself, which was viewed by an audience of 114.4 million.

The winner of five American Music Awards and 14 People’s Choice Awards who kissed a girl and liked it, Perry always delivers powerful and exciting performances. She’s got an amazing voice delivers an unforgettable performance, and always sparkles like a firework. Of all musical artists, Perry has been one of the best-dressed on stage and everywhere else. She appears to be dedicated to wearing dresses, always with nude or suntan pantyhose. She clearly would be an upgrade for the SNF opening theme.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga performs during the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Six-time Grammy Award winner, Lady Gaga, performed the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show, attracting 117.5 million viewers and exceeding the game’s total of 113.3 viewers. And for her efforts, Gaga received an Emmy nomination.

Sporting a musical style thought to be most comparable to Gwen Stefani and Madonna, and influenced by David Bowie and Michael Jackson, it is estimated that Gaga has sold around 27 million albums and 146 million singles worldwide. And with a fashion sense that seems to be the inspiration of everything from bubble wrap to raw meat, S&M-style leather and stilettos, there’s no denying Lady Gaga is the ultimate stage entertainer.

But more than anything, I will always be grateful to Lady Gaga because at the dawning (and during the entire hey-day) of the “bear”-legs movement, she stood as one of the few bright lights in the music entertainment industry, always wearing (sometimes nothing but) nude or suntan pantyhose with everything from the most outlandish outfit to an elegant dress. Yes, there was a time when the only professional entertainer you’d see in pantyhose was Lady Gaga and she likely deserves some of the credit for turning around a younger generation of pantyhose wearers today.

Others

Selena Gomez and an unidentified companion out and about some time somewhere.

With respect: Ariana Grande (the most prolific and consistent wearer of sheer nude or suntan pantyhose in almost every single performance, as well as when she’s out and about); Selena Gomez (just slightly behind Ariana in wearing sheer nude or suntan pantyhose when performing and often, sheer black pantyhose, when she’s out and about, left); and Taylor Swift (often wears on stage and sometimes when out and about), to me, these ladies, while super talented in their own right, just wouldn’t seem credible performing in an NFL spotlight.

Rihanna on stage

Other artists who could be tapped to perform the Sunday Night Football opening theme song would have to include Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Adele, Pink, Shakira, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion,  and Jessie J.

And while I really don’t like her, as she appears to have zero class, even Miley Cyrus is likely to wear sheer nude pantyhose if she were signed to perform the SNF opening theme.

Take a poll, NFL. I’ll bet viewers in staggering numbers would rather see Beyoncé, Katy Perry or Lady Gaga perform the SNF introduction theme song over Carrie Underperformer.

NFL Cheerleaders

OK, perhaps the bozos over at SNF got a good deal on Carrie Underdone, and they just don’t want to pay the bill for the better professional entertainers available out there.  Here’s an idea then:  Have just about any professional singer record a new song, but for the stage show, choose members of the cheerleader squads of the two teams who are competing each Sunday night. They could even interact with some of the different players for that night’s matchup.

Los Angeles Chargers cheerleaders (Charger Girls) perform during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Seattle Seahawks  on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Carson, Calif.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Brilliant, right?  I mean all the NFL Cheerleader squads are professional, classy and smart enough to wear nude or suntan pantyhose with their outfits.

What a way that would be to kick off Sunday Night Football.  Fred (SNF executive producer Fred Gaudelli), call me.  We can work out the fee for my killer idea.

Part II  ~ The supervillain

Eric Cartman of South Park

Listen, I’m not saying I hate Carrie Underwood. Wait a minute … Yes, I am!  (Say like Eric Cartman of South Park.)

Hate her song, hate her outfits, hate her.

OK, maybe she’s a nice enough lady in real life, but here’s the deal: I hate it when a female celebrity misses an opportunity to do what’s right, what’s professional and, ultimately, what’s glamorous and feminine.

Disclaimer:  Now, if Carrie doesn’t wear pantyhose on SNF  because Fred and his team don’t want her to wear, then that’s another story. But I kinda doubt that. I think it’s Carrie’s responsibility to be the professional and make the decision herself about something as personal as whether to wear pantyhose.  No, I’m pretty sure Carrie is the bad guy here.

Carrie Underwood pauses on the red carpet in a gown (with her signature bare legs) ahead of the Grammy Awards earlier this year in Los Angeles, Calif.

I mean in an Internet search it’s difficult to find a single picture of her wearing.

She even wore a fabulous red gown and high heel dress sandals with those awful bear legs to attend the Grammy Awards earlier this year.  Now, that’s one place where professionalism, class and elegance would be called for, but, as usual, she wanted no part of that.

Carrie, Fred, news flash for you here:  Pantyhose are back. In a big way. And they’re only going to get bigger and bigger. Look around. Pantyhose are on TV, on TV commercials, in the movies, on Broadway, on the runway (saying again for dramatic sinking-in effect) on the RUNWAY, in fashion magazines, and most of all, pantyhose are on almost all female celebrities today (those with brains, professionalism and femininity anyway).

Heck, pantyhose were on Good Morning America who announced in February 2015, “Pantyhose are back.”

Yeah, I hate Carrie because she has the chance to be among the shining examples of celebs who are once again embracing pantyhose, but instead, she chooses to be a reminder of the ugliness that was the bear legs culture of practically the entire decade of 2000.

But what can I say?  For everything that’s good in the world, there’s a thing that’s bad.  Every superhero has an arch enemy.  Let’s see: Superman has Lex Luther, Batman has the Joker, and Spiderman has the Green Goblin.

Same goes for female superheroes.  Wonder Woman, the one character who most stood for everything good, including the virtues of beauty, grace, femininity and what’s right in the world, has an opposite. A supervillain.

 Who is the evil arch enemy of  Wonder Woman?   Introducing … Under Woman.

Yes, it’s Under Woman who (disguised as Carrie Underwood, a mild-mannered country singer) fights a never-ending battle for taking the road less classy, for always choosing to look masculine because it’s easier than making the slightest effort to be more feminine, and for choosing to go bare-legged for all occasions and at all venues.

Part III ~ Carrie earns highest award of her career

As I stated in the first paragraph of this post, season after season since 2013, I had always held out hope that Carrie Understated would finally do the right thing and wear sheer nude pantyhose with her outfits during the SNF opening theme production. But year after year, she has disappointed me.

It is clear to me now that she just isn’t ever going to get it. She has dedicated herself to looking like any number of plain females today who want to talk like, act like and, worse, look more like men.

I’ve had enough of Carrie Undertaker, so recently, I put a call in to an old friend of mine. His name is Oliver B. Griswold, III.  You might remember him from a few posts ago about Sarah Jessica Parker.  His closest friends call him Griz.

Here’s how the conversation went:

Rob:  Hey, Griz.  It’s your old buddy, Robin.

Griz:  Who?

Rob:  Uhhhhh, you know I run ActSens …

Griz:  Yeah, yeah. I’m just messin’ with you. I know who you are. You got some nerve calling, after you stole Sarah Jessica Parker from me.

Rob:   (Jeez, I thought we’d moved past that.)  I know, I know.  But remember I promised I’d make it up to you.

Griz:   I’m listening …  And don’t call me Griz.  We ain’t friends.

Rob:  (uh oh)  So, I’m just wondering?   You still a Chicago Bears fan?   What am I thinking?   Of course you are …

Griz:   Get to the point, girl, I got some porridge on the stove.  Heh-heh.  What’s the matter?  I make you nervous or something?

Rob: (well, yeah, actually)   No, no, not at all.   Hey, you’ve seen Sunday Night Football, right?   You know that (bimbo) uh, country singer, Carrie (Undertalented) Underwood?  Annoying little tramp who flaunts her ugly bear legs …

Griz: Wait, when you said that word just now, how are you spelling it?

Rob:  You know … b a r e

Griz:   Yeah, right.  OK, go on.   What are you saying here, you are giving me  Carrie Underwood?

Rob:   Yes, I am officially recommending you make Carrie (Undernourished) Underwood your new client. I mean, she would be …

Griz:  Great.

Rob:   Precisely.  That’s what I was about to say.

Griz:   I love it.  OK, Rob, I’m taking Carrie Underwood on, and I’m taking you off … the menu.

Rob:  (gulp) Uh, menu?

Griz:  Come on, get a sense of humor, girl.  Seriously, this Carrie Underwood is perfect for me.  I’m thrilled.  Set this up, will ya?

The Grizzly can hardly contain his happiness upon presenting country singer Carrie Underwood the trophy for the 2017 Grizzly Awards during a recent ceremony at an undisclosed auditorium in central Florida.

Rob:  Absolutely.   So, just to be clear here, my giving you Carrie (Undercooked) Underwood makes us even now, right?   We can be friends, now, right?

Griz:   Don’t push it, Sweetheart. Yeah, yeah, OK, OK, stop whining.  Carrie Underwood is as deserving as Stacy London was way back when. She’ll make a great new signature client for me.

Rob:   Excellent.  And, again, to be clear, we’re friends now, ri …

Click.

OK, then.   Well, close enough.   So, everything is right in the world again.   Now, I can stop hoping and waiting for Carrie Underblunder to come around.  She has officially received the 2017 Grizzly Award.  Now, she can openly and proudly proclaim to the world she is the new Stacy London.  She’s officially the face (or legs) of the bear legs franchise.

I’m sure she and the Grizzly will be very happy together.  They look happy, don’t they?   Well, Griz does anyway.

My thanks to Jay Aton, a longtime reader here, for his excellent artwork on a moments notice.  You can see more of Jay’s work by visiting his website at http://atondigitalart.blogspot.com/

 

Pantyhose appearing everywhere these days


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous
Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Longtime readers here know I’ll come up with just about any excuse to shine the spotlight on pantyhose.  Hey, that’s my job ya know. 

Case in point:  The movie, Suicide Squad (the latest in the DC Comics films series), which appears to feature its main character, Harley Quinn, wearing fishnet pantyhose (pretty much throughout), was No. 1 for a second weekend in a row (Aug. 5 to Aug. 14), pulling in $222.6 million, according to Box Office Mojo.   This, after posting an August-record $133.7 million opening.

So far, Suicide Squad has earned $466 million globally.

Notice above I wrote “appears” to feature its main character wearing fishnet pantyhose. That’s because I haven’t actually seen the movie yet.

Actress Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
Actress Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.

Still, there are many promotional photos out there, in which Australian actress Margot Robbie wears some red or purple briefs over torn fishnet pantyhose.  While I am not a huge fan of fishnets, my philosophy (as you’ve read here for years) is: Any kind of pantyhose are better than “bear” legs.

I don’t know much about Margot Robbie.  Check that … I don’t know anything about Robbie.  In fact, until I saw the TV ads for Suicide Squad and looked up the cast, I hadn’t heard of her.  So, I don’t know whether or not she’s really very pantyhose friendly, but a quick Google search seems to indicate, well, not exactly.

To her credit though, earlier this year, Robbie was photographed after landing in London from a flight out of Los Angeles, wearing a black skort (combination of skirt and shorts) with sheer black pantyhose.

Also, in a photo from Suicide Squad, it looks as if Robbie might have on sheer nude pantyhose during an interview scene, in which she wears a more business-like outfit with a white lab coat (below left).

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At least on this occasion, Margot Robbie arrives earlier this year at Heathrow Airport in London, England.

At least on this occasion, Margot Robbie arrives earlier this year at Heathrow Airport in London, England.

I say she might be wearing because the picture isn’t in the highest resolution and the lighting is a bit dim.

MR 3Anyway, I hope she’s wearing in that scene.

As the chances of my actually going to see Suicide Squad are slim to you-must-be-joking, if you see this movie, please tell me whether Robbie is wearing in that scene.

Since I have no one who would be interested in seeing this film with me, I will wait until it arrives on the DirecTV movie channels.

Oh, and if I did go out to see this movie, I of course, would be wearing a dress, heels and sheer nude pantyhose.

Rio Olympics  

Athletes of China participate in the 2016 Olympics opening ceremony earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Female athletes of China participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony in Brazil.

I was happy to see that, once again, the ladies of the China delegation wore sheer nude pantyhose during the Parade of Nations ceremony at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

I didn’t see the delegations of Japan or Korea, but a Google search showed that those nations’ women did not wear pantyhose.  In all fairness though, that could be because their ladies wore slacks and blazers.  Haaaaaaa

All the U.S. delegation members wore white slacks and blue blazers.

Still, I love that China treats the Olympics ceremonies as a formal occasion, and the ladies always wear skirts, pumps and sheer nude pantyhose.

United Emirates

For some time now, I’ve noticed during ATP and WTA tennis tournaments when the camera pans the crowd, there are a couple of beautiful ladies in skirt suits standing at each of the entrances/exits throughout the different stadiums.  They are always wearing sheer nude or suntan pantyhose and look quite awesome.

They are the flight attendants or air hostesses of United Emirates Airlines.

According to About.com, “Emirates is the national airline of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates city-state that has become the Middle East’s luxury playground.”

Lately, the Emirates air hostesses themselves are becoming luxuriously legendary.  Check out this awesome video I stumbled upon a while back.

http://www.le.com/ptv/vplay/25612915.html

It was shot in May this year, when the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team hosted the Cincinnati Reds, and Dodgers pitching legend Orel Hershiser came onto the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Members of the United Emirates cabin crew take the field earlier this year for a special presentation at the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball stadium.
Members of the United Emirates cabin crew take the field earlier this year for a special presentation at the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball stadium.

It’s a short video (definitely worth your time to view it), and I am so impressed with the cute and clever theme.  That, and the fact that the Emirates ladies pulled it off so beautifully and wonderfully. 

Lovely ad lady

I gotta say I really hate stupid car (and truck) TV commercials, but I can handle the Toyota ones featuring the receptionist, Jan, who has all the right answers for consumers who come in to the dealership.

Jan is played by Laurel Coppock, a professional model and actress who has appeared on TV shows and, at least, one movie.   When Toyota first introduced the character, Jan, she was either behind a desk or on the showroom floor wearing slacks.

Lately though, Jan has been on the showroom floor, flashing some shapely legs in short dresses, pumps and sheer nude pantyhose.  Seems Toyota realized what they have in Coppock and they wisely are delivering a great message to those most interested in car commercials — men.

Model/actress Laurel Coppock as Jan, shows some leg in sheer nude pantyhose in Toyota car commercials.
Model/actress Laurel Coppock as Jan, shows some leg in sheer nude pantyhose in Toyota car commercials.

I don’t know about men (but I’ll bet I’m right here), when I see those commercials, all I focus on is Jan.  I miss whatever message I’m supposed to receive about the automobiles and the deals.

I want to praise Coppock for wearing pantyhose with those attractive outfits, but as always, who knows whether she wants to wear them, or Toyota wants her to?  You guys know I’m always all over these things, so what did I do?  That’s right, I Googled her to see whether she is a devoted pantyhose wearer or not.  Looks like not.

I couldn’t find a single picture of her wearing pantyhose, other than as the character, Jan.  And you guys likely know what my next point is going to be:  When Coppock sees how incredible she looks in those Toyota commercials, why wouldn’t she want to look that fabulous all the time?

We can only hope that Coppock will see the light and start channeling Jan in future appearances everywhere else she lands.

Runway real

How many times have you read here that fashion is inspired by Hollywood?  That was really just my own observation.  I wasn’t sure whether or not that is really an accurate statement, but it’s my blog and I say what I waaaaaaaant.

So when I found and followed this link,

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=lena+hoschek+fall+2016&qpvt=Lena+Hoschek+Fall+2016&qpvt=Lena+Hoschek+Fall+2016&qpvt=Lena+Hoschek+Fall+2016&FORM=IGRE

A professional model wears a Lena Hoschek outfit.
A professional model wears a Lena Hoschek outfit.

I was thrilled to learn I was, at least, partially right.  I don’t know anything about Lena Hoschek, except that I must love her.

(Lena Hoschek is an Austrian fashion designer and movie costume designer whose style of “Old Hollywood” glamour is all of a sudden all the rage on fashion runways.)

If the last holdouts of the “bear” legs subculture are still clinging to the belief that pantyhose are gone forever, the link above and this one a couple of years ago

http://bcr8tive.com/lena-hoschek-fall-2014/2/

ought to keep them awake at night.

Professional model wears a Lena Hoschek-designed dress.
Professional model wears a Lena Hoschek-designed dress.

I’ve been saying here since 2009 that the few (now many) Hollywood actresses and the scores of professional singers/performers who almost always wear sheer pantyhose during their shows would eventually help to bring pantyhose back.

But when a respected fashion designer has her professional models gliding down the runway, rocking the sheer pantyhose, that can be nothing but a very good sign don’t you think?

It’s in print

I was very pleased to see this piece in the The Saline Courier, an online version of the daily newspaper based in Benton, AR, and covering all of Saline County since 1876.

The publication’s Senior Editor, Lynda Hollenbeck, wrote a great editorial encouraging the return to fashion of sheer pantyhose, along with our common sense.

Give it a read here:

http://www.bentoncourier.com/content/sense-and-nonsense-pantyhose-its-about-time-fashion-comeback

No Wonder

On Aug. 3, in time for the release of the Suicide Squad movie, Instyle Magazine published its picks for The 5 Best-Dressed Superheroes of All Time —

http://www.instyle.com/reviews-coverage/movies/best-dressed-superheroes-all-time

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Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman during the 1975 television series likely is Number 1 in the hearts of fans of superheroes, in large part because of those awesome sheer suntan pantyhose she wore.

And while InStyle led the series off with a picture of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, they actually ranked her Number 4 behind (1.) Jennifer Garner as Elektra, (2.) Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, (3.) Chris Pratt as Peter Quill of Guardians of the Galaxy.  At Number 5, was Will Smith as John Hancock.

Here’s what they wrote:

(4.) Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman TV series

“When Lynda Carter started playing Wonder Woman on TV in 1975, the role would forever be changed. Nerdy Diana Prince turns into va-va-voom Wonder Woman with a simple spin, losing the glasses and button-ups for a revealing and patriotic one-piece. And Carter’s super-toned bod?”

The Best Act

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If you have any difficulty, please let me know via email.  Actually, you can’t go wrong because even if you don’t take the discount, I will see that and simply refund the difference back to your PayPal account.

Pantyhose alive and well

Every day, I get emails and comments here from readers who still lament the fact that  pantyhose seem to be all but gone from the landscape.  Not true, I say.  If you really look, you will see pantyhose appearing everywhere these days.

Now, here are some extra pics that didn’t fit anywhere else in this post.  Enjoy!

Members of China's contingent wave as they take part in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium
Female members of China’s contingent look fabulous in sheer nude pantyhose as they take part in the athletes opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Female athletes of China during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

 

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Chinese female athletes look amazing in sheer nude pantyhose in this social media feed photo ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.  Bet that one male athlete is feeling lucky.
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Members of the United Emirates Airlines cabin crew present a cute safety-inspired demonstration to celebrate the Emirates’ partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team in May at Dodger Stadium.
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In relief for Dodgers pitching legend, Orel Hershiser, who was to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, an Emirates cabin crew member gets the sign from the catcher before a series against the Cincinnati Reds.
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Emirates Airline flight attendant winds up to throw out the first pitch prior to the opening series game against the Cincinnati Reds earlier this year at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
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Emirates pitcher lets it fly (quite beautifully).
Jan in Toyota TV commercials
Professional model/actress Laurel Coppock as Jan rocks her lovely legs in sheer nude pantyhose in a Toyota TV commercial.

A series of pics of Australian actress Margot Robbie as the DC Comics character, Harley Quinn, in Suicide Squad, which opened earlier this month …

Love of pantyhose nurtured by our most iconic female superheroes


Robin Maryland
Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Last year, we discussed how one of the earliest influences on our pantyhose fetish was seeing pantyhose so many times on our elementary school teachers, mothers, aunts, neighbors, etc.  (OK, we didn’t really discuss it; I just wrote about it.)

Another major influence on our delicate psyche as we were growing up had to be the dawning of the superhero characters as depicted in comic books and, eventually, on our television and movie screens.

Often, I’ve wondered just how helpless we were rendered by the super powers wielded by some beautiful superheroines wearing fabulous costumes in which sheer pantyhose played an integral part.

Wonder who

Lynda Carter played perhaps the most iconic of female superheroes, Wonder Woman.
Lynda Carter played perhaps the most iconic of female superheroes, Wonder Woman.

Probably the all-time best female superhero who can still turn our heads today is Wonder Woman as deliciously portrayed by actress Lynda Carter in the popular TV series that ran from 1975 to 1979.

Who can forget the image of her in that iconic red, white and blue skimpy costume, complete with the famous 1970s-style all-nylon sheer-to-waist suntan pantyhose on those legs that seemingly went for miles?

Like its predecessors — the Batman TV series of the 60s and Superman of the 50s — Wonder Woman was never going to win an Oscar for its scripts or acting (and, certainly, not its special effects), but if someone came up with a hall of fame for TV superheroines, Lynda Carter would have to be at the top of the list for enshrinement.

Case in point: There have been many Superman and Batman blockbuster movies made in every decade since the 1990s, but have you seen a new Wonder Woman since 1979?  There hasn’t been a live-action Wonder Woman TV series or movie since Carter’s WW days, and the lone attempt by NBC to create one in 2011 failed miserably.

Proposed Wonder Woman costume for 2011 TV project upset WW fans everywhere.
Proposed Wonder Woman costume for 2011 TV project upset WW fans everywhere.

That might be in part because veteran costume designer Robert Blackman, a multiple Emmy nominee, and three-time winner, messed with Wonder Woman’s costume, changing those iconic briefs to (gasp) pants.

“I was vilified and vindicated (by Wonder Woman fans) on an hourly basis,” Blackman told Entertainment Weekly. “There was outrage over everything from the fact that she was wearing pants to the boot color.”

Yes, and rightfully so. What in the world was this guy thinking? Why do people want to change something that’s worked beautifully for decades?

Eventually, in some promotional photos I saw ahead of the would-be show’s release, the costume did include an updated version of the classic briefs or short-shorts, but the star who was to play Wonder Woman was modeling them in “bear” legs.

Which costume would you rather see on Wonder Woman?
Which costume would you rather see on Wonder Woman?

Uh, yeah … that was never gonna work, folks.  You don’t mess with an icon.

What makes a superhero character iconic?  Webster’s Dictionary offers a couple of definitions of the word, icon: “Any person or thing that is revered; someone or something regarded as embodying the essential characteristics of an era, group, etc.”

Listen, Lynda Carter is Wonder Woman, and Wonder Woman (at least on TV) wears those briefs with sheer pantyhose.  Period.

If we didn’t have a thing for pantyhose already, those of us who grew up watching Wonder Woman during the 70s might have become forever hooked because of the beautiful and charming character Lynda Carter portrayed.

Just for kicks

In my mind, after Wonder Woman, the next great superheroine who very well could have influenced our early pantyhose fetish has to be the awesome video game character, Chun-Li.

Introduced in the original Street Fighter II video game in 1991, Chun-Li is an undercover Interpol agent seeking to avenge the death of her father at the hands of Bison and his criminal organization.

Chun-Li wearing brown pantyhose in the Street Fighter video games, became an instant iconic character figure in the 1990s.
Chun-Li wearing brown pantyhose in the Street Fighter video games became an iconic character figure in the 1990s.

Chun-Li, the first well-known female playable character in a fighting game, was designed with muscular legs because of her strong martial arts kicking skills, necessary to hold her own in combat against the standard roster of powerful male characters.

The first well-known female playable character in a fighting video game, Chun-Li has all the right moves.
The first well-known female playable character in a fighting video game, Chun-Li has all the right moves.

In the game, and subsequently, in movies, Chun-Li wears a traditional Chinese qipao dress with long side slits to accommodate her powerful kung fu kicks.

But let’s be honest here — it’s those brown pantyhose that make the outfit, and made us fall in love with Chun-Li.

I played that game in the 90s with friends, and I was always Chun-Li.

As far as I know it was the first time anyone had made a video game in which a female character was clearly wearing pantyhose, and that was cool.

Like Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, could you ever imagine the Chun-Li character not being dressed in pantyhose?  Icon, people.

Right or Wong

Most artwork depicts the Ada Wong character in the Resident Evil video games as wearing sheer pantyhose.
Most artwork depicts the Ada Wong character in the Resident Evil video games as wearing sheer pantyhose.

I’m not certain whether another superheroine who captured our hearts first in video games should be counted here or not because in almost half the pictures I can find of her she appears to be “bear”-legged. But in slightly more than half of the others, Ada Wong of the Resident Evil video games, clearly is wearing pantyhose.

Sadly, when Ada Wong finally made it to the silver screen last year in Resident Evil: Retribution, she didn’t appear to be wearing pantyhose through most of the movie.

I say didn’t appear to be, as it is very hard to tell because gorgeous Chinese actress Li Bingbing has such perfect porcelain-like skin.

I would swear that Miss Li is wearing very sheer pantyhose in some of the scenes and in some of the promotional photos for the movie, but as thoroughly as I’ve investigated, the truth is I just can’t tell.

Still, I included Ada Wong here for two reasons:  First, the official artwork for the Resident Evil video game clearly shows that her legs are smoother and have a slight shading, which is different from the rest of her skin, indicating she is wearing sheer pantyhose;

Second, the majority of professional and everyday cosplay models who portray her do wear pantyhose with the costume.

A model beautifully cosplays Ada Wong in a costume featuring some delicious-looking pantyhose.
A model beautifully cosplays Ada Wong in a costume featuring some delicious-looking pantyhose.

I’d like to think that means those models consider pantyhose integral to the Ada Wong costume, but I could be just as happy thinking that they at least have the brains and class to wear pantyhose just to look good in the costume.

Hopefully, the models who don’t think it’s necessary to wear pantyhose with their Ada Wong costumes regret their decisions when they see the pics of themselves later on.

Either way, Ada Wong in pantyhose totally rocks her beautiful red qipao dress better (in my opinion) than Chun-Li because Ada wears black pumps, whereas Chun-Li’s clunky white army boots are so less feminine looking.

Super supporting characters

Naturally, there are many other female superheroes in comic books, video games, TV series and movies, but I can’t point to any who are always depicted wearing pantyhose. But there are some very significant supporting characters whose beautiful pantyhose-adorned legs might equally have helped to nurture our pantyhose fetish in the early stages.

Teri Hatcher gave Lois Lane some sexy pantyhose-adorned legs in the 1990s Superman TV series.
Teri Hatcher gave Lois Lane some sexy pantyhose-adorned legs in the 1990s Lois & Clark TV series.

One of the most iconic is Lois Lane, originally portrayed by Noel Neill in the 1950s TV series, The Adventures of Superman.

While, of course, pantyhose weren’t around during the 1950s, Neill always wore nylon stockings in the role, and set the bar high for future Lois Lanes.

And of all those who’ve played the part since, so far, my favorite Lois Lane is the one turned in by Teri Hatcher during the 1990s TV series, Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman, which ran from 1993 to 1997.

While the show was mostly pretty goofy, it was fun, and no expense was spared for Hatcher’s wardrobe, which dressed Lois Lane in some great business suits, dresses and gowns, always with high heels and sheer pantyhose.

As the dreaded “bear” legs movement was just taking off in the late 90s, I was happy that Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane never compromised on class and glamour, and I hoped her example would do much to keep pantyhose from being “run” off too soon. Either way, I like what she contributed to the role.

Smooth as silk

Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson wears sheer nude pantyhose in a scene from the 2002 Spider-Man movie.
Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson wears sheer nude pantyhose in a scene from the 2002 Spider-Man movie.

A special nod must go to another great supporting character to a superhero — Mary Jane Watson, the love interest of Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

Actress Kirsten Dunst deserves credit for her great performance as MJ in the Spider-Man movies of 2002, 2004 and 2007.

Likewise, the costume designer for all three movies should be commended for consistently dressing MJ with the class, grace and femininity of her iconic comic book character, as Dunst was always in dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose.

And Dunst had never looked better.

“The truth is out there”

“I want to believe” there’s another great character who might have influenced late bloomer pantyhose lovers. While she wasn’t a female superhero, she certainly was special — Special Agent Dana Scully, that is, on TV’s The X-Files.

Dressed professionally as FBI agent Dana Scully in the X-Files TV series of the 1990s, Gillian Anderson always wore sheer pantyhose.
Dressed professionally as FBI agent Dana Scully in the X-Files TV series of the 1990s, Gillian Anderson always wore sheer pantyhose.

In the breakout role of her career, Gillian Anderson gained international recognition, winning several awards for her portrayal of Scully, including an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for “Best Actress in a Drama Series.”

In the lead female role on the series, which ran from 1993 to 2002, Anderson was fantastic playing the strong, independent, intelligent FBI agent. The character was extremely professional, as were the outfits she wore, which often consisted of skirt suits, complete with pumps and sheer pantyhose.

The costume designer and Anderson are to be commended, as so many female cop characters are dressed like men, down to the pants suits and ugly shoes.  Worse, those characters come across as masculine as they look.

But not Special Agent Scully.  Even during the times when she wore a pantsuit, she wore those pumps and sheer pantyhose.  She was professional, but always feminine and quietly glamorous.

Honorable mention

There have been many great superheroines and even more super female lead characters that we grew up with during the awesome pantyhose era of the 1960s to the mid-1990s.

Stephanie Zimbalist as Laura Holt in the 1980s TV series, Remington Steele always looked amazing in sheer nude or suntan pantyhose.
Stephanie Zimbalist as Laura Holt in the 1980s TV series, Remington Steele, always looked amazing in sheer nude or suntan pantyhose.

Who could forget Stephanie Zymbalist as Laura Holt in the TV series Remington Steele, opposite Pierce Brosnan as the title character?

In that private detective series, which ran from 1982 to 1987, we could always count on Laura Holt to wear beautiful dresses with high heels and sheer pantyhose.

And how about Cybill Shepherd opposite a young Bruce Willis in the private detective TV series, Moonlighting, which aired from 1985 to 1989? Like Laura Holt, Madelyn “Maddie” Hayes always wore dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose.

There’s no doubt the decade of 1980 was great for pantyhose, but probably nothing tops the 1970s as the ultimate pantyhose era.  There were so many TV shows that might have helped to shape our love of pantyhose, starting right in 1970 with The Mary Tyler Moore show.  That show, which lasted until 1977, featured the title actress/character in mostly professional attire that always included heels and pantyhose.

No matter what the scene or the outfit, Joyce DeWitt's character, Janet Wood, always wore suntan pantyhose on Three's Company.
No matter what the scene or the outfit, Joyce DeWitt’s character, Janet Wood, always wore suntan or nude pantyhose on Three’s Company.

Then, there was the sitcom, Three’s Company, which aired from 1976 to 1984 and featured Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers, both of whom became known for their legs in pantyhose.

But it was Joyce DeWitt, perhaps, the greatest pantyhose ambassador of all time, who outright refused to be shot on the set in any outfit that didn’t include pantyhose.  Fortunately, she most often wore dresses or skirts, but regardless of the scene, whether she appeared in a towel, a robe, gym shorts or pants, DeWitt’s character, Janet Wood, always would be in sheer suntan pantyhose.

Of course, later, DeWitt went on to star in many TV commercials for L’eggs pantyhose.

From 1966 to 1969, the original Star Trek aired.  As iconic characters go, could you imagine Lt. Uhura not wearing pantyhose with that skimpy uniform?

Am I wrong, people?  Do you doubt that these classic and iconic characters could have influenced our love for pantyhose during these early years?

I vividly remember a scene that really moved me.  For this post, I tried to find a still picture of it, but couldn’t.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a You Tube video of it either. It was from the original 1960s British TV series about secret agents, The Avengers.

Now, peter_a (once, a frequent commenter), don’t be outing me here.  I am hereby stating that I was way too young to have experienced first-hand this show, which aired from 1961 to 1969, so I guess I must have seen the reruns a couple of decades later during my tender formative years.  [Insert snide remark here]

Diana Rigg, who played British spy Emma Peel in the 1960s TV series, The Avengers, was feminine, cool and dangerous.
Diana Rigg, who played British spy Emma Peel in the 1960s TV series, The Avengers, was feminine, cool and dangerous.

I remember my sisters and I watching this show and cracking up every time we saw this scene in the opening sequence intro:

The female lead character, Mrs. Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg), is driving (very fast) in a hot British convertible on a remote road in the English countryside when she comes across a hitchhiker.

One of televisions first strong female characters, Mrs. Peel is an expert in karate’, judo, guns and fencing, and often kicked some major booty in the long-running espionage series.

Mrs. Peel picks up the hitchhiker. Of course, she’s wearing the iconic mini skirt of 1960s England, complete with very sheer nude pantyhose (that’s about the only kind that was made back then). Well, the hapless hitchhiker playfully places his hand on Mrs. Peels pretty thigh just as the car is entering a tunnel.  For a second or two the viewer sees only the other end of the tunnel from the outside.

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel often wore mini-skirts, flat or low-heeled shoes and extremely sheer pantyhose on TV's The Avengers.
Diana Rigg as Emma Peel often wore mini-skirts, flat or low-heeled shoes and extremely sheer pantyhose on TV’s The Avengers.

Then, the speeding car emerges from the tunnel and we see Mrs. Peel … but no one else in the car with her. Even as dumb kids, we knew that meant Mrs. Peel dispatched the poor slob without skipping a beat.

I don’t know why, but we laughed over this scene every time.  We just thought that was so funny, but I never could get that image of the guy’s hand lightly atop Mrs. Peel’s beautiful pantyhose-adorned thigh … if only for a brief ecstatic moment for him.

Note:  OK, apparently, I am wrong here.  I was called out (politely) by a reader, Tony, who wrote the comment below.

The scene you mentioned about Mrs Peel picking up someone…it wasn’t Mrs Peel. The scene you refer to didn’t happen on The Avengers. I’ve got every surviving episode of The Avengers and I can confirm that there was never a scene like that. You seem to refer to Sharron Macready (Alexandra Bastedo) in ITC’s The Champions episode, Full Circle (and shown in a shortened form in a later episode). It happened in a short scene right after the opening credits. A show that was shot at the same studio as the Rigg/Thorson episodes of The Avengers from early 1967-early 1968.

Thank you for that, Tony.  No wonder I couldn’t find any art from that scene anywhere.

In any event, naturally, I could never have dreamed way back then that I’d end up the president of my own pantyhose company.  At least now, you all have a clue as to why I make the kind of pantyhose ActSensuous are.

Could the classic and iconic superheroines and other strong female characters who looked amazing in beautiful outfits, complete with high heels and sheer pantyhose in comic books, TV shows, TV commercials, movies, and even video games, which have captured our hearts and minds, be responsible for influencing our love for pantyhose today?

I think so.

Official disclaimer:  It would be impossible to even attempt to mention every superheroine or strong female character whose lovely hosiery-adorned legs graced comic book pages and TV and movie screens from the 1950s through today.  Please let us hear from you about which ones I left out who influenced you the most.

Meanwhile, here are some photos of iconic characters we loved during the amazing pantyhose era of the 1960s through mid-1990s:

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel of The Avengers.
Diana Rigg as Emma Peel of The Avengers.
Diana Rigg - Emma Peel.
Diana Rigg – Emma Peel.
Diana Rigg - Emma Peel.
Diana Rigg – Emma Peel.
Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
Lt. Uhura of Star Trek
Nichelle Nichols – Lt. Uhura
Lt. Uhura - Star Trek
Nichelle (not a typo) Nichols – Lt. Uhura
Gillian Anderson - Dana Scully on X-Files
Gillian Anderson – Dana Scully on X-Files
Gillian Anderson - Dana Scully
Gillian Anderson – Dana Scully
Kirsten Duntst - MJ
Kirsten Dunst as MJ in   Spider-Man movies
Teri Hatcher - Lois Lane
Teri Hatcher – Lois Lane
Teri Hatcher - Lois Lane
Teri Hatcher – Lois Lane
Teri Hatcher - Lois Lane
Teri Hatcher – Lois Lane
Lois Lane cartoon
Even in cartoons, Lois Lane is depicted wearing pantyhose
Lois Lane cartoon 2
Lois Lane cartoon 2
Margot Kidder as Lois Lane in 1970s Superman movie
Margot Kidder as Lois Lane in 1970s Superman movie
Margot Kidder - Lois Lane
Margot Kidder – Lois Lane
Ada_Wong cosplay by Yukilefay1
Ada Wong cosplayed
Ada Wong cosplay by hyokenseisou
Ada Wong cosplay by hyokenseisou
Yaya Han cosplays Chun-Li
Cosplay model - Chun-Li
Cosplay model – Chun-Li
Model cosplays Wonder Woman
Model cosplays Wonder Woman

Model cosplays WW

Adrianne Curry - WW
Adrianne Curry – WW
Rhona Mitra - WW
Rhona Mitra – WW
Sandra Bullock - WW manipulated image
Sandra Bullock – WW (manipulated image)
Kate Beckinsale - WW
Kate Beckinsale – WW
Olivia_Munn_- WW
Olivia_Munn_- WW
Lynda Carter is Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter is Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter as Diane Prince. Ahhh, the 70s - even at the pool, pantyhose ruled.
Lynda Carter as Diana Prince/WW  (Ahhh, 1970s TV — even at the pool, pantyhose would rule.)
Lynda Carter - WW/Diane Prince
Lynda Carter – WW/Diana Prince
Perhaps no one exemplifies the Golden Age of Pantyhose during the 1970s as much (or as beautifully) as Catherine Bach, portraying Daisy Duke on the Dukes of Hazard TV series.
Perhaps no one exemplified the “Golden Age of Pantyhose” during the 1970s as much (or as beautifully) as Catherine Bach, portraying Daisy Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard TV series.
Catherine Bach - Daisy Duke
Catherine Bach